The French DGA, Defense Procurement Agency, has awarded ThalesRaytheonSystem a
€70 million ($78 million)
contract to develop a demonstrator for a new generation of air defense radar.
The new radar demonstrator will be the basis for a family of mobile,
multi-functional, modular radars called M3R. M3Rs will be able to detect targets
featuring low radar cross section such as stealth aircraft and cruise missiles
at longer ranges than existing air defense radars. In addition, M3R radars will
be able to provide detection against tactical ballistic missiles while
operating in intense clutter environments.
The M3R radars will feature new solid state electronic components and an active
modular phased array antenna.
The M3R radars will be deployed within the SAMP/T theater ballistic and air
defense system by 2010. SAMP/T is being developed by France and Italy and will
employ long range ASTER 30 surface to air missiles.
ThalesRaytheonSystem is a joint venture between Raytheon from the United States
and Thales Group from France.
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